SMS Announces Organizational Changes

Written by Tim Triplett

Scrap Metal Services LLC has announced major changes in the roles of executive management. Effective Dec. 12, CEO Jeff Gertler and COO Rick Gertler have moved into board level positions as chairman and co-chairman of the company’s newly formed board of directors. The two will oversee financial performance, business development and relationship retention, but will not be active in the day-to-day activities of the company.

Jeremy Kirchin has been promoted to chief executive officer and Keith Rhodes to chief financial officer. Kirchin had been serving as division president and Rhodes as vice president of the company’s southern region.

“Both Jeremy and Keith are experienced professionals who will manage all day-to-day responsibilities and direct company performance. We are excited at the prospect of the expertise and experience that both bring to the table that will ensure our continued success, as well as a culture of trust and accountability,” said Jeff Gertler.

Chicago-based Scrap Metal Services and its affiliates operate scrap processing, steel mill services, ship dismantlement and recycling, and intermodal/truck/railcar dismantling facilities throughout the United States, Mexico and Europe. SMS provides full-service scrap management, trading services, consulting and purchasing services to industrial scrap generators both domestically and internationally. SMS is also a supplier of ferrous and nonferrous scrap commodities to both domestic and international consumers and offers brokerage and trading services to other scrap companies.

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